Jason Bordoff, the Director of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, released the following statement regarding today's announcement by the Obama Administration proposing standards for future U.S. power plants. Bordoff previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council.

"With this announcement, the President has demonstrated his strong commitment to addressing global climate change and improving public health, and to meeting the Administration's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020," said Bordoff. "Using the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions from new and existing power plants is among the most significant actions the Administration can take with its existing authorities and sends a clear message to the international community that the United States is committed to addressing climate change. The new rules are designed to be flexible, cost-effective, and consistent with already evolving market trends toward the use of natural gas instead of coal."

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